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bigmudder77
04-10-2007, 09:03 AM
ok so i need to know how much to charge for a mulch job i am gonna charge them $20 a yard for just the like dark mulch and i need help on the math part how would i go about finding how much i would need? also what would i charge an hour? i know this has been talked about on here but i just wanted to ask again since i cant find that thread.

1MajorTom
04-10-2007, 09:14 AM
measure the beds, then decide how thick you are going to want to install the mulch. do the beds need edged? this will also factor into what you charge them.

bigmudder77
04-10-2007, 09:18 AM
and how do you find out how much you will ned by that? i know the steps to take i need to know how to find out how much i will need

jeffscap
04-10-2007, 11:38 AM
and how do you find out how much you will ned by that? i know the steps to take i need to know how to find out how much i will need


You need to follow the steps that JODI said to find out how much you need.
At the top of this page is a tab that says FREE TOOLS there is a calulator in there to find what your looking for 27cu ft in a cubic yrd.Here is the calc.
http://www.lawnsite.com/free_tools.php

bigmudder77
04-10-2007, 02:05 PM
thanks that really helps me out

outcold00
04-10-2007, 04:57 PM
sorry bigmudder, dont wanna steal the thread from you but i have a ? when your mulching and getting paid by the yard. do you still charge an hourly fee?

Equalizer
04-10-2007, 05:34 PM
outcold00, what I did was charge for the job. I did a 332 sq.ft. garden, mulched it, and weeded it, it took about 2.5 hours and i charged her 160 for the job, she even went out and got me a seafood lunch, lol.

Ecoscape01
04-10-2007, 05:36 PM
Measure the beds that you will be mulching and figure them out as even squares. Figure out your total sqaure footage and desired thickness and then use the calculator on this site to help you figure out how much mulch you need. If the beds don't need any prep work other than a little weeding, I charge about 65 a yard to do light weeding and spreading. If the beds need to be edged, trenched, and weeded before spreading, then I measure out in linear feet how much prep, edge, and trenchwork needs to be done. I know how much I can do per hour and then I just add in my hourly fee and then I don't markup the mulch. For a newbie like me, I found that way to be the simplest. Just my 02

TNT LawnCare Inc.
04-10-2007, 05:51 PM
$20.00 a yard is way to low. $60-$80 is the basic going rate,the more the customer wants the lower the price.

Ecoscape01
04-10-2007, 05:57 PM
I think he was talking about 20 a yard before adding his markup and/or hourly fee

TNT LawnCare Inc.
04-10-2007, 06:05 PM
Mulch is about $20.00-$30.00- a yard here how much in your area?

Ecoscape01
04-10-2007, 06:07 PM
I pay 22 a yard for the lowest grade double shredded root and dyed assortments can get up around 34

Poncho25
04-10-2007, 07:03 PM
I am far from an expert in this area, but am learning quickly. I have found that if you are charging by the yard, double the costs it would be for you to get that ammount of product and thats what you charge the client, and thats including install. Now if alot of prep work is needed, figure out how much and how long that will take you, and charge an hourly rate. If you are getting bags of mulch which seems to be the way most down here sell them. Double the price of the bag and you still come out on top.

GL and have fun!

bigmudder77
04-11-2007, 08:17 AM
i get the crap mulch for $10 a yard some times i get it for free though cause were related. but he usually charges $15 a yard for the crap stuff (well what i call crap stuff) but i can get the little better for $20 a yard. and it just keeps going up. my grandpa got 3 yards of the crap stuff and paid $50 they only charged him $5 for delivery which is pretty good there about 8 miles away one way. thanks for all your help i should be good on how to do it now

opher
04-12-2007, 09:55 PM
Find your Sq. Footage of mulch bed
Use a calculator
Take your Sq. Ft (X) times how many inches of mulch you need or want
Take that number and divide it by 12
Then take that number and divide it by 27, this will tell you how much mulch you will need.
I charge around $ 50-60/yd installed plus delivery
I also charge around $1 per foot for edging

Example:
100ft by 10ft bed
3" of mulch
100 x 10 =1000sq/ft
1000 x 3" = 3000
3000 / 12 = 250
250 / 27 = 9 yds of mulch 3" deep

Same thing but 2" of mulch
100 x 10 =1000 sq/ft
1000 x 2" =2000
2000 / 12 = 166.66
166.66 / 27 = 6 yds of mulch

This calculation works well for me.:)

Chris,
Lighthouse Lawn Care

1MajorTom
04-12-2007, 11:45 PM
i get the crap mulch for $10 a yard some times i get it for free though cause were related. but he usually charges $15 a yard for the crap stuff (well what i call crap stuff) but i can get the little better for $20 a yard. and it just keeps going up. my grandpa got 3 yards of the crap stuff and paid $50 they only charged him $5 for delivery which is pretty good there about 8 miles away one way. thanks for all your help i should be good on how to do it now

why would you want to lay down crap stuff, get the better stuff and charge the additional fee for it. the customer will be way more happy getting the good mulch. we buy the double shredded dyed chocoate brown, i believe it runs $28 a yard. we charge $95 installed, (extra if the beds need edged, or weeded and cleaned) and they know they are getting good mulch, laid in at 3 inches. and this is probably one of the few things we could never understand here at lawnsite, we see prices here for mulch install to be so low..... what in the heck is the point of doing them? especially if there isn't good access to the beds, and the mulch needs wheelbarrowed in down into the back yard, etc.... not to mention the time it takes to go pick up the mulch especially if it's only a few yards. anything over 6, we will have delivered..... matt's one heck of a hard worker, but to him mulch installs suck, and he is definitely going to charge for it.

Ecoscape01
04-13-2007, 09:59 AM
On my last job I used what the contractor told me to - double shredded root - and I agree 1MajorTom. On my own jobs, not subcontracted ones, I will use higher quality mulch.

The mayor
04-13-2007, 10:30 AM
One yard of mulch covers 80 sq. ft. 3" thick.